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Presbyopia in Seattle, WA

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Presbyopia is a natural part of getting older. Around the age of 40, vision gradually starts to blur. This vision impairment is called presbyopia, and it reduces the ability to see things that are at less than arm's distance. As we age, the lenses in our eyes become less flexible. Even people who have enjoyed perfect eyesight their entire lives start to realize that they need to place items at arm's distance to read them. At his practice in Seattle, WA, Dr. Scott Campbell can talk to you about several options to enhance your vision if you are experiencing age-associated vision problems. If you suspect that you are developing presbyopia, schedule a visit to SPEX — we want to help you achieve your clearest vision.

Individuals who have started to experience the first symptoms of presbyopia will often notice that they can no longer focus on items near the eyes as well as they used to. A tell-tale indication of age-related vision impairment is discovering you need to position things farther and farther away to see them clearly. Another common symptom is developing headaches or eye fatigue after particular activities, such as sewing or using a cell phone or computer, that didn't typically use to cause them. Also fairly common is the incorrect idea that the declining vision is because of dim lighting. Presbyopia typically starts at around 40 years of age and, if not treated properly, its symptoms can grow more pronounced.

Using specially designed vision tests, we can determine the most effective course of action for your particular degree of presbyopia. Most patients correct age-related vision impairment with corrective eyeglasses or contacts made with either bifocal or progressive lenses. Bifocals are built with two sections of the lens — one that makes it easier to see things close up and one that makes it easier to see things far away. Progressive lenses function similarly, but they are designed with a gradient rather than a distinct line between sections of the lens. There are also some surgical treatments that can potentially be effective in diminishing presbyopia, including laser surgery. Dr. Campbell is happy to navigate you toward your ideal form of vision management.

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I've been coming here for about 2 years and I've only ever had positive experiences. Best optometrist I've ever been to. Dr Campbell is very knowledgeable, thorough, genuine and friendly. Great bedside manner! The staff here are super friendly too and go above and beyond, like Lacey and Anna. Always helpful and kind. For frames, they have lots of stylish, high quality choices. Highly recommend!

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I arrived in seattle late Friday night to realize I had left my contacts back home. My prescription is -6.50! Rushed to Spex 8:57am Saturday morning and they were extremely helpful and welcoming. Amazing selection of frames and were a lifesaver giving me a backup of contacts.

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Blurriness with close-up vision, particularly in people over 40 years old, is usually always presbyopia. Presbyopia is a common, age-related condition. It is easily manageable with the right glasses or contacts. At SPEX, our experienced team of eye care professionals can help you ditch the problems that come with age-related vision loss. Call us today at our Seattle, WA practice to schedule your eye exam.

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How can I manage presbyopia if I already have another eye condition?

It is not uncommon for presbyopia to occur alongside other eye conditions, such as astigmatism, myopia (nearsightedness), or hyperopia (farsightedness). In such cases, multifocal lenses or contact lenses can be prescribed at SPEX to correct various issues.

Is presbyopia the same as farsightedness?

While both conditions make it hard to see things up close, they're not the same. Farsightedness is caused by the shape of the eyeball, and is often present from birth, while presbyopia is caused by aging and generally affects people over 40.

Can I still drive if I have presbyopia?

Yes, you can still drive if you have presbyopia. However, you may need to wear glasses or contact lenses that correct your vision. It's also a good idea to have an extra pair of glasses in the car if you need to read something up close.

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